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NFL Week 3: Fantasy starts and sits

Who should be in your lineup for Week 3.

Green Bay Packers v Chicago Bears Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

Hopefully your fantasy game last week brought you a little bit more happiness than the Bengals.

This week, I’ve included a few quarterbacks to stream for this week after several prominent fantasy quarterbacks went down via injury. Other than that it seems like there could be some trouble if you’re relying on Browns players this week, while the starts are filled up with players who could have a surprisingly big game against great matchups.

Starts

Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons: Freeman has had a rough start to the season. He had some tough matchups with the Eagles and Vikings to start the season, but this week he is going up against the Colts who have given up the third most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, according to Fantasy Pros. The only downside is Freeman may have to start off hot to keep Ito Smith from taking even more of his snaps, but that shouldn’t be too tall of a task.

Allen Robinson, WR, Bears: The passing game for the Bears is a pretty big mess, but Robinson has been one of the bright sides there. He already has 20 targets on the season. He has caught 11 of them for 143 yards. Now he will be facing the softest defense against receivers, Washington. Seems like the perfect time for a breakout game.

Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers: It is true that the Panthers could be without Cam Newton this week, but that could play right into the hands of fantasy players who have Olsen. Carolina would be starting Kyle Allen, a second-year undrafted quarterback, in his place. Young quarterbacks love their tight end safety blankets, and the Cardinals are the absolute worst team at stopping tight ends from scoring on them, at this point in the season.

Quarterback Stream

Considering how many quarterbacks went down last week, it seems fruitful to include a few guys real quick that you could pick up ad play this week. This isn’t a permanent replacement, though.

Kyle Allen, QB, Panthers (if Came Newton can’t go): Outside of the Dolphins, the Cardinals have had the hardest time stopping opposing quarterbacks from scoring. I’m not saying Allen is going to go out there and get you five touchdowns, but he could have a respectable multiple touchdown game this week.

Jameis Winston, QB, Bucs: Winston hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire this season. He only has two touchdowns to go along with a five turnover game, but that is the beauty of a streaming option. You are only looking for him to compete for one week. This week he is going against the Giants who are the third worst defense at stopping quarterbacks in fantasy.

Sits

Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns: Cleveland got their first win on Monday night, but now they face one of the toughest defenses in the NFL against the pass. It doesn’t help that Mayfield hasn’t looked as impressive as he did during his rookie season, but that is even more of a reason to look elsewhere for production from your quarterback this week.

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Jets: Two huge things are going against Bell this week. First one, the Jets are on their third string quarterback, Luke Falk, which means the opposing defense will be keying on Bell all game. Second big thing, that defense is the New England Patriots who already allow the second fewest points to opposing running backs, and they are arguably the best team at taking away what their opponents do best.

Jarvis Landry, WR, Browns: Landry always seems like a guy who should at least be a flex in points per reception leagues, but going against the Rams, he may not even be that. Landry has seven catches on the season for 99 yards. With Odell Beckham Jr. in town and the Rams defense being one of the toughest to throw against, it seems safe to drop Landry down to the bench for at least a week.

Defenses to stream

  • Cowboys defense playing against the Dolphins
  • Patriots defense playing against the Jets
  • 49ers defense against the Steelers